Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Sean Marrs

Ph.D. Candidate
Early Modern Europe



Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History, Queen’s University, 2016
Master of Letters in Early Modern History, University of St Andrews, 2017


I am a first year Ph.D. student researching early modern European international relations. Supervised by Andrew Jainchill, my research focuses on the use of soft power and the role of small states in French foreign policy as well as the diplomatic culture of the 18th century. My other interests include early modern political economy, diplomacy, and intellectual history as it relates to statecraft. Beyond the academic, I would like to find ways to make history more meaningful and approachable to the public.

Conference Presentations

Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference, 2016


Arthur and Evelyn Lower Undergraduate Scholarship, 2015
Helena M. Child Prize in English History, 2016
Saltire Scholarship, 2016
Research Grant, The Society for the Study of French History, 2017
Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence, 2018